A 57-year-old Kansasville man didn’t heed his own advice while sitting with co-workers last week at an area bar.
On Monday, he was charged with two felonies after he allegedly caused a two-vehicle crash that left a man injured.
Bernard Robert Bruley faces his fifth drunken driving charge along with a count of drunken driving causing injury. The two charges carry a total fine of $35,000 and 16 years in prison.
According to the criminal complaint: A deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Office responded to Wisconsin Highway 11, just west of East Frontage Road in the village of Mount Pleasant on Nov. 16 for a report of a two-vehicle accident.
The officer spoke with the victim, who stated he was westbound on Highway 11 and saw the defendant’s vehicle approaching from behind at a high rate of speed. As Bruley’s vehicle got closer, the victim stated he knew a crash was inevitable and his car was struck from behind.
The victim complained of pain to his neck, right shoulder and head and was transported to Asension St. Mary’s Hospital. The vehicle sustained extensive damage to the front end, hood and fenders, along with possible damage to the engine compartment.
Bruley told the officer he had been a tavern with his co-workers and was telling them about a program in Racine that provides rides for people who had drank too much.
A preliminary breath test revealed the defendant had a blood alcohol content of 0.163. Because of his previous four DUI convictions, he is restricted to a BAC of 0.02. Results of a legal blood draw are pending.
Bruley, who made his initial court appearance in Racine County Circuit Court Monday, is due back in court Nov. 28 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.